Disappointing End To Australian Season For Josh Hill and Hart and Huntington/ InsureMyRide /DPH, Suzuki Race Team
Josh Hill and his Hart and Huntington, InsureMyRide, DPH Motorsports backed Suzuki team have endured a disappointing end to their 2013 Australian Supercross Championship season after Josh Hill was taken out of Toowoomba’s main event on the third lap while in a championship winning position.
Heading into the final round, Hill had a five point lead over nearest rival Matt Moss, with Matt’s twin brother Jake a further two points behind in third place and was confident he could do what was needed to take home the number one plate after qualifying second fastest, just one tenth behind Matt Moss.
Hill continued to show his pace in his heat race, winning by a comfortable five seconds over Brett Metcalfe and reigning Australian Supercross champion Jay Marmont who was a further three seconds behind.
After an altercation with Jake Moss earlier in the day, Hill knew things could get heated as he lined up right in-between the Moss brothers for the night’s main event.
When the gates dropped, Hill rounded the corner buried deep in the pack, however the rider who has re-signed for the RCH Factory Suzuki team in the United States, blitzed through the whoops and emerged from the second corner in 5th place, before quickly making his way through to 3rd place right behind race leaders Matt and Jake by the end of the opening lap.
With two corners to go at the end of lap two, Hill made a clean pass on Jake for second position and was ready to chase down race leader Matt. However as he landed on the down ramp of the finish line jump and proceeded to take the natural race line tight around the inside of the first turn , he was hit on the left rear of his bike, causing a crash that would end his night and dash his championship hopes.
“I won my heat race and had worked my way back to second after about a fifth place start in the main event and felt great,” Hill explained. “I had just made a clean pass into second place and was ready to go after Matt Moss, then Jake Moss decided to come from inside of the bales marking the track and cleaned me out.
“It was disappointing end to the season being taken out by what was a cheap shot by Jake Moss,” the American added.
“I was hit pretty hard and it took some time to pick myself up from underneath the bike. I was a little dazed and confused and by the time I got to my feet it was all over and there was nothing really left to race for, the championship was over!
“Obviously I was disappointed by the way it played out but I wanted to stay professional and not drop to that level and cause a fight and some carry on. I wanted to head back to the U.S healthy and with my reputation in tact and focus on my ride with the RCH team, which I have been able to do despite being taken out!
The resulted DNF recorded by Hill left him in third place in the overall championship standings, pending the results of an official protest regarding the incident at the conclusion of the race.
Despite the premature end to his championship campaign, Hill has continued to stay positive in the days following and could not thank both his team and his supporters enough for the positive experiences he has had while in Australia over the past couple of months and is now turning his attention to the 2014 American season and spending more time testing and getting ready for A1 on the 4th of January.
“I am looking forward to getting back to the U.S, I head home Wednesday morning and will get back into some testing with my RCH Suzuki team and focusing on A1. We did a little testing between the last two rounds of the Australian title and things were progressing well, it will be good to get home.” Hill stated.
“My time in Australia has been great, I have enjoyed all the support from the fans my team over here and especially the people I have been staying with while over here. The Australian crowd have been good to me and certainly given me a lot of support.
“Hopefully I will be able to come back and win the Australian title next year, and win the title we should have had for myself and the team.”
Hart and Huntington team owner Kale Wallis could not be more proud of the way Hill handled himself all season long after a tough start to the series and is looking forward to working along side Hill again next season.
“I’m very thankful to have worked with such professional athlete this year. Josh made everything easy for everyone who worked with him and I look forward in working with him again next year.” Wallis stated.
“I would also like to thank all of our sponsors involved InsureMyRide, Suzuki Australia, Contour, DPH Motorsports, Shell Oils, Kalguard, Dunlop, Sidchrome, Talon, RHK, Ringmaster Images, Exotic Graphix, Kickstart Industries, Rockwell, Shift, FOX, Uni Filter, Hinson, Pro Circuit, BCP, Polisport, AXIS Motorsports, Matrix Concepts, BEAM Designs, VORTEX, Works Connection.
“Also a special thanks to Kenny Watson from RCH, Luke Smith from InsureMyRide, Jarrod Pyne, Dale Hocking and Lewis Croft, and good luck to Josh in the AMA next year,” he concluded.